SUMMER tennis camps are proving a smash hit with youngsters.

Wimbledon is in full swing and aspiring aces are having an ace time as they hone their skills at Ardgowan and Fort Matilda.

There are sessions throughout the six-week school break to suit everyone, from nursery tots right up to teenagers.

Stephanie Norris, head coach and tennis development officer for both clubs, said: "We've had 35 to 40 kids every day and it's getting busier.

"It makes a big difference throughout the summer when people watch tennis on the TV people.

More youngsters are taking up the sport thanks to initiatives Stephanie has run,such as a Lawn Tennis Association programme which ran over six weeks.

Kids received a racquet, balls and coaching and as a result more people joined local clubs.

Stephanie said: "I would say at least 65 per cent have continued playing with many joining clubs."

Summer sessions in the morning are for five to 16-year-olds, there is a nursery class at noon for 45 minutes and children aged nine and above go along in the afternoon.

Emma Donaghy, eight, said: "I go along to the tennis club classes on a Saturday.

"I like how it teaches you all the different types of strokes and you get to meet new friends."

Callum Charteris, 11, added: "You get to watch great players and pick up tips.

"You meet lots of new friends at the camps."

If anyone wants to sign up for the summer camps they should call Stephanie on 07414221022 or email